The Women Tech Council (WTC), a national organization focused on the economic impact of women in technology, announced that through the SheTech program, 15,000 high schools nationwide have been activated to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).
This milestone was reached today with the launch of the sixth SheTech Explorer Day, a day-long event that activates, engages and inspires high school girls to pursue STEM fields through hands-on experience and one-on-one mentoring.
Through this event and accompanying year-round efforts, 3,000 girls were activated to pursue STEM by SheTech this year.
"At its core, expanding the number of women in tech has benefits far broader than diversity - it drives the bottom line revenue, profit and success of companies across industries," said Cydni Tetro, president of WTC. "The thousands of girls entering the STEM pipeline through SheTech are driving the long term health and vitality of the state and national economy and the tech industry worldwide by expanding the breadth and depth of the talent pipeline to spur innovation and high-performance."
With research showing many girls lose interest or lack support for STEM subjects in high school, SheTech seeks to provide year-round opportunities for girls to meet role models who can inspire them to achieve and experience careers first-hand to gain confidence and interest. Today's SheTech Explorer Day event is one of these opportunities and connected girls with careers such as forensic science, advanced coding, biomedicine, aerospace engineering and robotics. The event also matched girls with 700 industry mentors currently working in these fields from companies include Adobe, AT&T, Ancestry, Dealertrack, Dell EMC, Ivanti and Vivint Smart Home.
In addition to Explorer Day, SheTech provides year-round opportunities to engage girls in STEM through industry internships, mentor and role model connections, information about college scholarships and help connecting with STEM resources in their school and district. This continued exposure and integration with industry helps give them the resources and support to launch successful careers.
For more information about SheTech, visit www.shetechexplorer.com.